Abstract: Workshop #1 (BACK)


Less is More:  Leveraging Sustainability and Ecosystem Services in Stream Restoration Design


Scott McGill, Richard Berkey, Ashley Abernethy, Brian Wagner & Caroline Stanley
Ecotone, Inc.
Forest Hill, MD

Materials required to bring:  None.  Laptop or iPad may be helpful.

Materials received:  Workbook, copies of presentation in paper and digital format, links to instructional videos.

Learning Objectives:  At the conclusion of this workshop participants will:


  • Incorporate sustainability into site analysis, design, and construction.
  • Understand and apply methods, techniques, and tactics to promote sustainability and reduce project costs.
  • Apply sustainability to urban environments.
  • Understand and use the Sustainability Checklist

Carbon Sequestration and Stream Restoration

  • Test and measure a project’s potential carbon output.
  • Calculate the diesel fuel required to construct a project

Ecosystem Services

  • Understand static versus dynamic resiliency
  • Appreciate the concept of “Long Now” in ecological design
  • Design for the North American Beaver.
  • Leverage ecosystem services to initiate dynamic resilience and positive ecological feedback loops.

This workshop is for designers, ecologists, engineers, project sponsors, regulatory experts, and others who are interested in creating highly functional, resilient, and cost efficient projects.  Many stream restoration projects are implemented which specify the use of exotic materials that are not available locally, rely on quarry rock as the key component of stability, fail to encourage the reuse of on-site materials, and result in projects high in cost and carbon output.  By integrating sustainable strategies and tactics, practitioners can realize tremendous overall cost savings as well as reducing short and long term carbon output.  Workshop participants will learn how to incorporate sustainable strategies, methods and techniques into the stages of a project’s development:  site analysis, design, and construction/long term site integrity.  Participants will also learn how to leverage ecosystem services in their designs, including those provided by the North American beaver, to create long-term positive ecological feedback loops in their projects.  The workshop will utilize videos and interactive activities to promote learning and retention of the material covered.